Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The outdoors shows girls "there are no limitations for them"

Today, the world celebrates Earth Day.

Girl Scouts has a long, proud history of giving back to the Earth—environmental stewardship has been a key part of Girl Scouting from the very beginning.

Anna Lloyd is one example of many Girl Scouts who makes the environment a priority her life.

Anna first saw the Teton mountain range from the window of a plane in 2005 on her way to attend the Wyoming Wildlife Wonders destination  with a group of her fellow Girl Scouts. Through this program, held at the Teton Science Schools, Anna spent a week studying the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (She also did some hiking, singing, camping, and new-friend-making, of course!)

Anna was so inspired by the trip that it changed the course of her life. 

Wyoming Wildlife Wonders
After receiving a degree in Biology and Outdoor Adventure and Sports Leadership from West Virginia University, she knew exactly where she wanted to go: back to those mountains in Wyoming.  

Today, Anna is a field instructor at the Teton Science Schools, where she works with Girl Scouts who take the very same trip that changed her life. She is passionate about the environment and wants to make sure more girls have the opportunity to study it in the same hands-on way she did.

“They need to experience the grandeur of the western mountains,” Anna says. “They need to feel a little sleep-deprived scouring Yellowstone for wildlife, and they need to be shown that as women they [can] be and do whatever they want in this life. There are no limitations for them.”

Do you know a 13-to-18-year-old girl looking to make the world a better place, who wants to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and explore unique ecosystems and their wildlife this summer? Click on the links below and apply now! There are still scholarships available for the following trips to help offset expenses. 

Wyoming Wildlife Wonders and the five destinations featured above are funded in part by Girl Scouts of the USA’s Elliot Wildlife Values Project.